Prints for Preservation: A Project for Memphis History Prints for Preservation: A Project for Memphis History

Prints for Preservation: A Project for Memphis History

by Rebecca Phillips

May 21, 2013

Browsing through old postcards is one of my favorite pastimes. The photographs and illustrations document places and moments that once contained a level of value, importance and exuberant emotion.

When a dear friend of mine, Jeremy Greene, initiated the photography series called Memphis Type, I saw this as a great opportunity to mimic the old postcard illustration style of landmarks through paintings. Not only do I have a passion for typography, I also have a great love for the city of Memphis. It is a city that embraces its history, culture and art and there’s a lot of opportunity and community here.

In Memphis, you'll discover many small gems. My personal favorites include the space behind the oldest diner in the city, The Arcade Restaurant, where you'll find well-done graffiti, or the downtown hotel The Peabody where you can find great old photographs, and of course all the great eateries, such as Trolley Stop Market and Earnestine & Hazel’s Bar and Grill.

I created 11 paintings total from the Memphis Type series. Eight paintings have sold and two of the actual signs no longer exist. The goal of this project is to essentially preserve history through art, not just with an original painted art piece, but rather prints that can be accessible to anyone at an affordable price.

If you love Memphis and you’d like a little of its history to be preserved, please support our campaign.

This project is part of GOOD's Saturday series Push For Good—our guide to crowdfunding creative progress.

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Prints for Preservation: A Project for Memphis History